Postscript to Japanese Media Deception

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February 11,2005

Migration and Multi-culturalism

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January 27,2005

Japanese Media Deception

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January 12,2005

The Truths

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December 24,2004

The Truths

December 24,2004

I read recently that the truth is what you hear between the lies. Why be so cautious? Live dangerously. Let’s talk about truths, plural. Yours, mine, and my brother’s.

The value of truths is that they not amenable to monopoly by the rich and powerful. They are open to free competition, (but not “free competition” as with oil or “reconstruction” contracts in Iraq, for instance).

Bob Dylan nails his truths in his recently released autobiography (Chronicles,2004).

Oedipus went looking for the truth and when he found it, it ruined him. It was a cruel horror of a joke. So much for the truth. I was gonna talk out of both sides of my mouth and what you heard depended on what side you were standing on. If I ever did stumble on the truth, I was gonna sit on it and keep it down. (p.125)

And further on.

Sometimes you say things in a song even if there’s a small chance of them being true. And sometimes you say things that have nothing to do with the truth of what you want to say and sometimes you say things that everyone knows to be true. Then again, at the same time, you’re thinking that the only truth on earth is that there is no truth on it. Whatever you are saying you are saying in a ricky-tick way. (p.202)

Ricky-tick, rinky-dink!

The writer Robert Suskind is quoted in the International Herald Tribune on Dubya truth, as related by one of his senior aides (unnamed).

The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community’, which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’….That’s not the way the world works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act we can create our own reality.
( International Herald Tribune, 23~24 October, 2004)

Honky tonk!

Mr. Dylan is coy. He never squelched on his truths in his music. This column, Critique, will present my humble truths. Choose which side of my mouth you want to stand on.